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Report on Tolkien panel in San Francisco

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  • Eleanor Farrell
    Paul Thomas kindly gave permission to post this report sent to another Tolkien list: A Mythopoeic Society panel consisting of Edith Crowe, David Bratman, Arden
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2001
      Paul Thomas kindly gave permission to post this report sent to
      another Tolkien list:


      A Mythopoeic Society panel consisting of Edith Crowe, David
      Bratman, Arden Smith, and Bill Welden gave a lively and admirable
      presentation yesterday at Borderlands Books in San Francisco.

      Singly and jointly, the panelists discussed (among other things) the
      following topics: a survey of Tolkien's fiction; the relationship
      between the one-volume Silmarillion and the History of Middle-
      earth; the relationships between the Silmarillion, the Hobbit, and
      the Lord of the Rings; Tolkien's sources and inspirations; Tolkien's
      invented languages and their role in the creation of Middle-earth;
      the riddle scene in the Hobbit and Tolkien's revisions of the Hobbit;
      why Tolkien's created history is unique; the common criticisms
      aimed at Tolkien; and reasons for Tolkien's popularity.

      The event began at 3 p.m. and went into the evening. About twenty
      people attended, asked many good questions, and participated in a
      trivia contest sponsored by the bookstore.

      Paul

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